2:30 PM Nov 28, 2008

by Rob Ritchie

Power Line has a couple links to Victor Davis Hanson that I found interesting:

Ten Random, Politically Incorrect Thoughts

Here'a # 9:

[T]he shrill Left is increasingly far more vicious these days than the conservative fringe, and about like the crude Right of the 1950s. Why? I am not exactly sure, other than the generic notion that utopians often believe that their anointed ends justify brutal means. Maybe it is that the Right already had its Reformation when Buckley and others purged the extremists--the Birchers, the neo-Confederates, racialists, the fluoride-in-the-water conspiracists, anti-Semites, and assorted nuts.--from the conservative ranks in a way the Left has never done with the 1960s radicals that now reappear in the form of Michael Moore, Bill Ayers, Cindy Sheehan, Moveon.org, the Daily Kos, etc. Not many Democrats excommunicated Moveon.org for its General Betray-Us ad. Most lined up to see the premier of Moore's mythodrama. Barack Obama could subsidize a Rev. Wright or email a post-9/11 Bill Ayers in a way no conservative would even dare speak to a David Duke or Timothy McVeigh--and what Wright said was not all that different from what Duke spouts. What separated Ayers from McVeigh was chance; had the stars aligned, the Weathermen would have killed hundreds as they planned.

The remaining ones are good as well. This is contrasted with another column:

Some Random Politically-incorrect Reasons to Be
Optimistic on Thanksgiving Day

#1 is:

The question is not whether America is in decline, but whether it is in decline at a more rapid pace than true of Europe, Russia, or Asia. And one bright spot in the otherwise dark economic news will be the resilience of the United States. Forget trillions of this, and billions of that, or our sinking GDP and GNP, or deflation and unemployment rates, or all the other data—at least for a moment. Instead consider the gargantuan mess that Europe is in with its even wilder real estate market, greater deficits, and far larger banking losses from bad loans abroad. Russia is a mess; with less than $50 a barrel oil, it will be worse than a mess. Export-driven China may have trillions of US dollars in reserves, but it has tens of trillions in infrastructure investments to make before it can match US roads, dams, and airports, much less approximate our standard of living. Americans are far more meritocratic than others, success far less predicated on birth, accent, parentage, or class. We are more optimistic, and do best when pressed (Consider a broke America in 1939, and a rich America in 1946 that defeated the Axis and sent billions to its allies in the UK and Russia.). Our demography is far more encouraging than Europe’s. We react to crises far more energetically; compare US troops in Afghanistan to their NATO counterparts; or ask who adapted more successfully in Iraq—the US Marines far from home, or Al Qaeda terrorists in their own backyard? Once the dust settles on this crisis, I wager the United States will be relatively stronger after than before the meltdown. One can do almost anything with a $13 trillion economy, a two-percent-plus growing population, and a stable political system; much harder with a shrinking work force that breaks apart along class lines and resentments. Even while pundits write weekly books about the ‘end’ of the United States, or at least ‘American decline,’ the United States will emerge relatively stronger for the ordeal.

That's cheery! Read the rest.

Happy Thanksgiving!

9:43 AM Nov 27, 2008by Rob Ritchie

Another year past, and a busy day today as we prepare four separate meals for eight family guests around our table! Hurray!

To tide us over, the Great One has dished up a heaping serving of Gobbler, over at the Institute.


Another Kinsman steps up!

8:54 PM Nov 26, 2008by Rob Ritchie

Yes, another kinsman heard from, who recommends the following founding post at a new (to me) blog:

Individuals should make up their own minds on everything within the framework of their own, personal beliefs and that of the greater society they are a part of and support. Jacksonians, thusly, do not push beliefs or faith on *anyone*, but try to ensure that honorable representation of themselves and their understanding of others is done. As part of that, Jacksonians do not believe that fighting is the 'first resort' to any conflict, but it is also not the LAST resort, either. Crossing individuals or Nations should have consequences and those need to be understood before taking action. Thus, to fully get understanding of viewpoints done, Jacksonians view censorship, 'hate speech', 'political correctness' and any other attempts to quash ideas or language as anathema to them. Sometimes only rough language can properly express a person's feelings and that should not be delegitimized from the very start. And when a Jacksonian sees that the person they are talking to is unreasonable or will not listen, then they often just reciprocate and 'agree to disagree' without being disagreeable.

Interesting stuff, and I intend to look into this blog more fully.

It's possible I'm a Jacksonian.


4:31 PM Nov 22, 2008by Rob Ritchie

I've been doing some reading of my own blog recently, looking at my old posts from 3-4 years ago. It makes me somewhat sad that I'm not able to blog the way I used to.

Those old blog posts were wordy, and linky, and somehow connected to a little pocket of the blogsphere, and by absenting myself from that I've turned away from an interesting and creative outlet.

But, circumstances are what they are. My current job is itself an interesting creative outlet, and there's only so much time in the day, as everyone knows and as so many bloggers discover. Many of the bloggers who knew and linked to me probably only keep me on their blogrolls through inertia, and for that I'm grateful, and if they visit occasionally I'm tickled. You all are a great inspiration to me, and I appreciate all your energy and output.

But I'm aware that I'm providing pretty weak fare, with links and pictures but little original content, and for that I'm sorry.

Technical update

4:16 PM Nov 22, 2008by Rob Ritchie

This afternoon, I updated my database preparatory to some technical site changes. Things might actually run a little faster.

How Obama Got Elected

10:36 AM Nov 18, 2008by Rob Ritchie

5:52 PM Nov 15, 2008

by Rob Ritchie

"If you love America, you'll throw money in its hole!"

In The Know: Should The Government Stop Dumping Money Into A Giant Hole?

3:18 PM Nov 15, 2008

by Rob Ritchie

You think you had it tough?

4:02 PM Nov 12, 2008

by Rob Ritchie

Just another example in the continuing series of WHY I DON'T TRUST DEMOCRATS:

Mischief in Minnesota?

Mr. Franken and fellow Democrats are already waging a full-scale public pressure campaign to help turn the recount their way. That includes a push to turn what should be a straightforward count of existing legal ballots into a complete do-over -- mau-mauing election officials into accepting tossed ballots. The Franken campaign recently showed up before the Hennepin County canvassing board, demanding that its liberal members count 461 previously rejected ballots.

Monthly Archives

11:42 AM Nov 9, 2008by Rob Ritchie

It's been a long time since I made any substantive changes to my blog software, but I added Monthly Archives today. Scroll down, and on the left right you will eventually come to a spot titled 'Archives' with all my posts available my month and year.

If you have a mind to, take a trip through memory lane. It was interesting for me.

10:36 PM Nov 8, 2008

by Rob Ritchie

I guess I just have to get used to the idea that Obama is going to be our president. I think he's probably a decent guy, who wants the best for this country.

I am convinced that the policies he espouses will be deeply damaging to our country's economy, security and liberty. My only hope is that his basic incompetence will keep him from implementing any of them.

All that being said, I am prepared to respect and support him in measure the same way that those on the Left respected and supported President Bush for the last eight years. I'll go bat-shit crazy, call for his impeachment and fantasize about his assassination.

Naw, that last part isn't true. I don't really want him assassinated.

10:27 PM Nov 8, 2008

by Rob Ritchie

2:13 PM Nov 8, 2008

by Rob Ritchie

Iowahawk: Election Analysis: America Can Take Pride In This Historic, Inspirational Disaster

Less than fifty years ago, African-Americans were barred from public universities, restaurants, and even drinking fountains in many parts of the country. On Tuesday we came together and transcended that shameful legacy, electing an African-American to the country's top job -- which, in fact, appears to be his first actual job. Certainly, it doesn't mean that racism has disappeared in America, but it is an undeniable mark of progress that a majority of voters no longer consider skin color nor a dangerously gullible naivete as a barrier to the presidency.
So for now, let's put politics aside and celebrate this historic milestone. In his famous speech at the Lincoln Memorial 45 years ago, Dr. King said "I have a dream that one day my children will live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." Let us now take pride that Tuesday we Americans proved that neither thing matters anymore.

9:13 PM Nov 7, 2008

by Rob Ritchie

Inspired by Jim Treacher, I have my own addition to the 52-to-48 site:

Update: More at Tim Blair's place.

8:22 AM Nov 7, 2008

by Rob Ritchie

I can't help but noticing, like Glenn Reynolds, that the market is responding pretty poorly to the news of Obama's election.

Seriously, is anyone surprised by this?

9:27 AM Nov 5, 2008

by Rob Ritchie

Well, I'm obviously not a happy camper this morning, but I think I can buy in to JRM's open letter: Good Luck to the President-Elect

Update: Hey, I can agree with this as well: Let’s Take Some Pride in Obama’s Election — No Matter Who We Voted For

9:31 AM Nov 4, 2008

by Rob Ritchie

"People are the bread, money is the butter. The government is the knife."

8:29 AM Nov 4, 2008

by Rob Ritchie

Well, I cast my vote.

It's in God's hands now.

Just like Obama's grandmother. (RIP)